Previously, we have covered a little history about the early watch hands factory in this post. Therefore, in summary, we have learned that the early watch hand factory was established in Switzerland. Those factories include Wagnon Freres and the famous Fiedler SA, with the latter now operating in Geneva, Switzerland. However, after some digging, we managed to get more information about the history of watch hands.
History of Watch Hands (Source: Drmenstyle.com)
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WATCH HAND HISTORY
According to one information, early pocket watches only have hour hands. This means that they were only able to tell the hour and not the minute. Apparently, the early time makers did not know how to combine two watch hands into one. However, this all changed during the year 1691. During this year, a British watchmaker, Daniel Quare managed to form a method to combine both minute and hour hand.
Daniel Quare Pocket Watch (Source: Montre24.com)
EARLY WATCH HANDS
Those days, pocket watches do not have a case or protective glass to protect the dial and the watch hands. Because of this reason, the dial and the watch hands are constantly exposed. Also, you need to use your fingers to turn the hands whenever you want to set the time. Therefore, early watch hands are big, massive, bulky. In fact, they are made so bulky in order to protect the watch hands from being damaged.
Antique 1700s Pocket Watch (Source: ebay.com)
This all changed during the 18th century when more and more pocket watches with protective case and glass appeared. With the additional protection, there is no need for such bulky watch hands. Therefore, more and slimmer, thinner, and smaller watch hands appeared.
The 1800s Antique Leo Juviet Pocket Watch (Source: ebay.com)